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This leaked look at the Google Pixel 2 XL’s front face is promising

 Google’s Pixel 2 launch event is only a couple of days away, but the hype cycle is in high gear – and a new leak has me even more excited to see what Google officially unveils on Wednesday. Serial (and mostly accurate) leaker Evan Blass has posted images he says depict the Google Pixel 2 XL viewed from the front, including a display with minimal bezels that matches up with rumors… Read More

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Alcatel Idol 5 hands-on: A decent phone for $200

Alcatel is back with a new Idol flagship that won't cost you a month's rent (unlike some other phones we know). The Idol 5 is the latest addition to the company's line of affordable handsets that offer mid- to high-end specs. The international versio…

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FCC Chairman wants Apple to enable FM in iPhones for emergencies

You might think of radio as an archaic form of listening to music, but it's still one of the more effective ways to get information to people, especially when cell networks go down. Most smartphones already have an FM chip baked right into the chipse…

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This next-level jacket for action lovers will keep your phone secure

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Runners, hikers, snowboarders, traceurs and other such outdoor adventurers may have heard of JUMPER Threads. They’re a performance-wear company founded by a former Army Ranger that focuses on comfy basics that function as activewear but still look good. After a successful Kickstarter campaign launching its luxury sweatpants, JUMPER is back with a lightweight, flexible jacket that boasts tons of nifty features. 

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The world’s first blockchain smartphone is in development

Sirin Labs, the company behind the $14,000 Solarin smartphone, is now developing an open-source model that runs on a fee-less blockchain. The Finney — named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney — will be the only smartphone in the world that's fu…

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The world’s first blockchain smartphone is in development

Sirin Labs, the company behind the $14,000 Solarin smartphone, is now developing an open-source model that runs on a fee-less blockchain. The Finney — named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney — will be the only smartphone in the world that's fu…

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Russians perfect the paranoia phone

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InfoWatch Group, a Russian security company, has introduced a smartphone that prevents apps from collecting data, Bloomberg reported. 

The Taiga phone is intended to keep apps from tracking any user activity, especially any work-related emails, documents, and photos, but broadly prevents any app from collecting or sending usage data. While apps like Gmail — which is known for scanning email text to power ads — can be used on the Taiga phone, they’ll be unable to collect or report data on their use.

While the phone runs Android, it’s a forked version designed to run in tandem with InfoWatch-created firmware. The first 50,000 Taiga phones are being delivered to employees of Russian companies co-owned by the state. (It’s not yet a phone consumers can buy.) Read more…

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Yale’s next concert brings your phone into the performance

Normally, bringing out your smartphone at a classical concert is a surefire way to get kicked out, or at least receive some disapproving stares from everyone in the room. Not so at the Yale Concert Band's next performance, though. When it holds its…

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Yale’s next concert brings your phone into the performance

Normally, bringing out your smartphone at a classical concert is a surefire way to get kicked out, or at least receive some disapproving stares from everyone in the room. Not so at the Yale Concert Band's next performance, though. When it holds its…

The fun filters, stickers, and effects with which you bedeck your Instagram photos are now available for live video, Instagram has announced. 

All you need to do is tap the face icon in the bottom right corner of your screen during your broadcast. Filter options will appear; tap one to see how it looks. 

Alongside the video functionality comes a new filter exclusively for live video: the "Sunglasses" face filter. The filter will place virtual sunglasses on your face with reflective lenses. Tap the lenses to change what's reflected in them, and maybe trick your viewers into thinking you're in a way cooler place than you are.  Read more...

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Face filters come to Instagram Live

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The next time you go live for your Instagram followers, you’ll be able to spice it up with some face filters. 

The fun filters, stickers, and effects with which you bedeck your Instagram photos are now available for live video, Instagram has announced. 

All you need to do is tap the face icon in the bottom right corner of your screen during your broadcast. Filter options will appear; tap one to see how it looks. 

Alongside the video functionality comes a new filter exclusively for live video: the “Sunglasses” face filter. The filter will place virtual sunglasses on your face with reflective lenses. Tap the lenses to change what’s reflected in them, and maybe trick your viewers into thinking you’re in a way cooler place than you are.  Read more…

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